Friday, July 5, 2013

Rose Hip Wonder

 

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Rose Hip Wonder

Isn't it amazing that even rose bushes produce fruit?!  A "rose hip" (a.k.a. rose hep or rose haw) is the round seed pod that appears after the rose has bloomed (see the second picture below).  All roses (including Hybrids) will produce a "hip" but the best tasting "hips" come from the Rugosa Rose.

Nutritional value of Rose Hips - This amazing plant is "jam" packed with Vitamin C (Rose Hip jam is my favorite ;-)  ), it is one of the most richest plant sources of Vitamin C.  Rose Hips also contain Vitamins E, A, B & K.  The Haw also contains lycopene which is a fantastic antioxidant protecting against heart disease, cancer and lycopene also helps protect our eyes.  (again - I'm not a doctor - please see my "disclaimer" at the bottom of this post).

Have you ever eaten anything that was made with Rose Hips?  When I was a child my grandparents always had rose hip jam and I just loved it!  The flavor is not at all "flowery" like rose water  - to me it tastes a little like an apple but with a unique twist (actually rose bushes are distantly related to the apple tree).  I am hoping that I will have enough hips this year to make tea, jam, jelly, baked goods & sauces (since my Rugosa roses are only 3 years old).

ENJOY the pictures!






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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

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The rose hips are not yet ripe.  Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower



 
 
 
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13 comments:

  1. I don't remember anyone ever eating them!

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  2. Do you know anything about cherry trees? I was at my sister-in law's house yesterday and she was telling me her beautiful cherry tree is infested with bugs. Her son showed me some he had trapped in a bag and they look like aphids. Any idea on how to get rid of them?

    Had no idea about rose hips. I have to check out my rose bushes!

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    1. So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law's cherry tree! - I would suggest using "Diatomaceous earth" - (read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth )it is fossilized remains of diatoms & when the bugs eat leaves/fruit that has this powdery substance on it then the bugs die. It is organic - but I still recommend wearing a mask because you don't want to breath that in. You can buy it here: http://wolfcreekranch.net/diatomaceous_earth_50_lbs_.html
      Also, a good fertilizer always helps the tree to be strong enough to survive any kind of pest attack - see my post on fruit fertilizer here:
      http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2013/05/fertilizing-fruit-treesbushes.html

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  3. wow..I never knew Rose flowers produce fruit. never had them. Beautiful pictures of your flowers.
    Gem :)

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  4. Beautiful flower! I've heard of rose hips before but have never seen them.

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  5. I have heard of rose hip jam, but have never made it or tasted it! This is something to try, in the future. Love your photos!

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  6. Beautiful pictures. Interesting that the roses look alot like some my mom has, but the leaves look so different. And wow, I had no idea those vitamins were in rose hips! Thanks for sharing this at the Healthy Tuesday hop. :)

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  7. Thank you for visiting I Love My Post! It's great to connect with you. I look forward to reading more on your blog! Ruth from Captain America & His English Rose This week's co-host!

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  8. Beautiful Pictures! I'm looking forward to hearing more! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

    sue@ thet2women.com

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  9. Good Morning! I LOVE healthy posts like this.
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    Hope to see you again this week.

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  10. I've never done anything with rose hips but I would really like to try. I have been wanting to plant some roses just for the hips. Thank you for sharing with us at the HomeAcre Hop! We'd love to have you back again tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-13p

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  11. This is the first time I have heard of Rose Hips jam though I have heard of Rose Hips tea. I have 8 rose bushes and only one of them produces rose hips. Is there a certain type of rose you need to guarantee rose hips?

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    1. The "hip" from the "Rugosa Rose" is the best tasting rose hip & this rose bush also produces the most hips.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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